Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kerenkali in Bali Indonesia

At long last, I am on my last Bali entry and I am ecstatic to let you know about this activity. My husband, Jr was the one who found this over the world wide web. He's good at that. 

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As I've stated from the Bedugul entry, we were picked up about 6:15AM on this day. We had a spare time so we visited the temple at the lake. We used 30mins of our time to roam around the lovely cold place and headed our way to the shop. 

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This activity was brought to us by Adventure and Spirit.  Shop is located way up to the mountains. We reached the place around 9am. Angga introduced himself as the guide and a professional Canyoneer. Greeted with a smile and eloquence. He offered us a light breakfast, it was a pancake with bananas which tasted good matching a local coffee which he said a Kopi Luwak (cat poop coffe) -- quite talked about coffee because of its gourmet process. Anyway, while were eating, we are still waiting for the others. Four of us arrived first, along with a Danish couple. Angga handed us papers to fill in basic information probably for the records. We had a little chit-chat with the couple and surprised to learn that they never heard a single famous beach from the Philippines. So I suggested them to try to check it out on Google (of course!).

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Angga was carrying his own GoPro and encouraged us to pose for a smile.

A few minutes after, four more came. Another couple and Michaela and son. Within this group Michaela was the one I would remember because she is a nice lady to have a small talk with. An Aussie living in Bali with her son for more than 10 years. They had their breakfast too, as soon as they finished, Angga opted us to go inside the shop and get our wetsuits. 

The wetsuits are not new but it looked like it was built with good materials. I had a hard time wearing mine because I'm used to wearing lose clothing. Seriously, I thought I was about to faint when we alight from the car before we started the 15minute trek. The weather was hot, I was wearing a wetsuit that has a warmer so can you imagine? I even asked for a bigger size of the cover. Its a two-piece and a boots. 



G0181008 copyWe were distributed with a bottled water each. I am happy that we passed by a narrow water flowing. We stopped and  I splashed as much water as I can. I am so relieved that nauseating feeling has fade away. I knew its going to be a long day ahead so I couldn't afford feeling weak. About another 10minutes, we can hear the relaxing waterfalls sound, water plunging off the cliffs.

Angga always gestures with energy. He looks like he is in his early twenties about 5 feet 7 inches. He is accompanied with another young lad which I forgot the name, again. Both of them are guides and canyoning experts. I didn't know he was carrying a bag with our snacks in it -- a small thermostat with a local tea and chocolate biscuits and wafer. It wasn't bad at all. Its a kind of something we enjoyed after a few the adrenaline rush.

From their website this activity is described as:  a fun trip and offers everything that canyoning activity can offer: sliding, abseiling, jumping, swimming, gorges exploring , zip line (flying fox) etc.

Physical conditions required 
- Be in good health and able to swim 25 m
- Good spirit of adventure



Jr can swim no more than 5 meters. So we brought his life vest. I didn't know how far I could swim but I was confident enough that I could. I was carrying the waterproof bag tube as a body sling and the GoPro camera inside the wetsuit jacket. Angga showed me I could just slip it in the zipper so I did. 

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My tired feet still with the boots on.

At first, we chose the easiest canyoning they offered. They call it, Kali Kecil. Designed to last an hour and 30 minutes. As we were nearing to its end, Jr and I felt unsatisfied. Like we haven't seen or experience enough. We just told Angga we changed our minds and were going until the end. It was named Kerenkali, good for 4 hours and costs twice as much as Kali Kecil. We thought, what the hell. Were already here, we can no longer see the cliff side of Lembongan so we might as well make the most of it. 

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There were a lot of jumping, nature sliding, and rappelling on narrow gates from the river flows. As we go further, the heights are getting higher and the path ways gets so narrower and darker. I was feeling the advantage of wearing the wetsuit as we go along because its usually cold in the water especially in this river. Speaking of boots, wearing one was quite a challenge. My right shoe has a hole in it, the small rocks from the river gets in so I have to stop for some time. 
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We reached to a point where the rain poured hard. It was thrilling! The view of the rain falling in the water was melancholic but nice. It wasn't depressing at all. 

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Since its our first time doing this, I'd say Jr and I enjoyed the most of it. The highlights were the 9-meter jump and 20-meter rappel. Angga gave us a choice when we reached the 9-meter jumpHe said its not a requirement but if you want, 1. go up there 2. jump 3. savor the thrill! I did think twice, looking Jr was all ready climbing up the cliff. I thought. I am just scared, but I wouldn't want that eating my heart out feeling while they rejoice after the jump. So we went, here's the videos.  




                        


We have yet experienced another adventurous journey and we look forward to adding more!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Uluwatu Temple - Bali, Indonesia

We are on the second to the last entry to our Bali escapade. I just realized that we have visited more places than I thought!

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Uluwatu Temple is probably the best and the most famous tourist destination in Bali. I strongly suggest you should never go out of the island without seeing this place. The landscapes here are simply breath taking. The temple is not really the main attraction here but the view of its cliff side and the majestic sunset.

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We were prompted with a huge crowd at the entrance gate. People grouping up to get their own tickets to get in the premise. As I approached the desk to purchase the tickets, a woman tied a violet fabric around my waist, a sarong. Accompanying her is a man who gave me a plastic of boiled bananas with his hand gestured an open palm. She then insisted I buy 2 sets of bananas packed in a see through plastic. She said my husband and I needs one each. I didn't like the idea. Still touting, I was able to get off the conversation, ended it and paid for one. 

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The Uluwatu Temple is situated at the edge of steep cliffs. The amazing view here are the cliffs, really. The monkeys are pretty aggressive. There are precautionary signs sighted because the monkeys nabbed some of tourist's stuff like sunglasses, bottled drinks, sandals, wallets and I heard even jewelries. Please be cautious when passing because they might approach without warning. I was afraid but at the same time cautious, when we passed through and hid my camera behind my sarong. I felt like Jr was being harassed by the monkeys because the plastic bag was in plain sight. They didn't stop until it was all gone. 


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One of the aggressive monkeys right outside the gates. 

I was finally able to breathe without hesitation when we were getting near the temple grounds. The fresh air wore off my skin when we were passing the trail of monkeys. We walked along the the cliff paths. I tell you, the jagged cliffs are absolutely stunning. I definitely fell in love with the sunset.  My sunset photos didn't do justice to what we saw.

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It was past 6:00 when we went across the other part of the temple, it was a small arena. This is where tourists watch the famous Balinese tradition, Kecak Dance with the sunset on its back drop. The entrance fee is 70000 IDR = S$7.50 = 250Php. Kecak is a dance and music drama. Music by the human voice. We spent the first 30 minutes hearing "kecak" being uttered by the dancers. It was interesting to know that it involves exorcism dance. According to wikipedia: 



Also known as Ramayana Monkey Chant, the piece, performed by a circle of 150 or more performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and throwing up their arms, depicts a battle from the Ramayana. The monkey-like Vanara helped Prince Rama fight the evil King Ravana. Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Father's Day Gift Suggestion

June 15, 2014

This year's Big day for your Dad is on the 15th! Para sa inyong mahal na Ama, Tatay, Papa, Daddy, Dada at Dudi. This is an attempt to make a gift-guide if you haven't decided what your gift is. I am no expert to this but maybe you'll get an idea on what may your perfect gift to your Dad be.

I will be suggesting cheaper things so you won't be hurting your pockets on this day.

5. Clothing. 
Nothing could ever be more overrated than mugs. This is yet my most gifts I have given to my father (I believe?). I'm not sure why I always end up getting him a shirt or a denim/pants? Maybe its way too easy to choose and its cheaper.
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4. Watch
If you have a working Dad, always busy and in a hurry. This has the best potential for him. Time to get your Dad a new watch. You don't need to buy a Tissot, unless you can afford one.
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3. Fitbit Zip. Activity Monitor Pedometers.
Health is wealth! To your health conscious Dad or even to those who are trying to live an active life, this thing is useful to monitor activities such as calorie and steps.  I got this baby for 79SGD or less than 3000 PHP. 

Google Fitbit if you have more than $79. There's added features to every Fitbit version you want like One, Ultra and Flex. Its lightweight and you don't need any programming to use it. Just put in the battery and you're ready to roll. If you want to check up on Dad if he did his morning jog, install the Fitbit App in your mobile and sync in via Bluetooth.

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2. Greeting Card.
Hey Kids, when was the last time you made a greeting card? Time to get your colored papers and scissors out! Ask Mom to help too!

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1. Greeting+ Power Hug.
Greet your dad with your overly thrilled voice. Sometimes, there's no need for these material things, after all, there's no better way to express your love to him. Action speaks louder than words but then again, I knew you have to utter the words when you hug your Dad. 
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  There, this one is better!

Celebrate on your own grandest way.
Happy Father's Day to all the fathers and soon to be fathers around the globe!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

GWK - Bali, Indonesia

I thought I had last 3 entries to fill in. I forgot that I still have 1 more to go including this entry. I forgot that we had one last stop before we headed to Uluwatu temple to catch the sunset. After we hurriedly climbed back up to get into the first shuttle bus, we found Bli chillin' like a boss with his cigarette under a tree. He threw it off without finishing so we could start the ride. Before we finally headed out New Kuta Road, I asked bli If I could get a closer picture of the gate statue of the Garuda. He didn't object and he immediately parked the card in front of it, but, as soon as I pressed my shutter the second time, a security guard came running towards us. I thought he is about to catch me for taking a photo. Then I realized he was approaching bli to let him know parking is not allowed in there. Haha! We jumped into the car and off we went.

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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Statue or GWK. This is a cultural park where you will spot the huge statue of the Lord Wisnu and the mythical creature, Garuda. We were quite withdrawn on what to see in this place. We thought it was just another crowded place with just another temple and statue but for the sake of discovering the place, we hurriedly went to the ticketing window and paid for two tickets albeit the unforgiving sun.

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Mandatory tourist photo! Excuse the plastic milk tea cup.
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There was a small construction on going when we visited the place. The 240-hectare land was once told to be abandoned. The unique feature of this park was the entrance is located at the bottom and there were like 3 paths on its way up. We got excited to see whats up there. As soon as we elevated, we saw the limestone quarry on our sides building another door to the Garuda statue. We walked like we were in a maze, feeling a lot like miniature characters in a board game because of the towering limestone beside us.

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After we walked like 3 blocks, we saw a wide flat area which they called Lotus Pond. The Lotus Pond holds large scale gatherings and outdoor events. Iron Maiden performed there! Located on its left is where the Garuda was built. Its 18 meters tall. Just beside the Garuda is the statue of Wisnu, it is placed on another hill, and is a towering 20-meter tall. If you're expecting to see more, there is none. There is a souvenir store on our way to the exit but we didn't bother checking it out because its usually overpriced in places like these. It was regarded a bonus since it wasn't on our the itinerary.  

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